When Gentiles Tell A Jew, “We’ve Heard God Is With You!”
When Gentiles Tell Jews, “We’ve Heard God Is With You!”
By Christine Egbert
I used to think that anti-Semitism started with the ravings of Adolf Hitler. Then, just over a decade ago, I learned that this malevolent hatred of God’s Chosen people burned hot for over two millennia. Best known in the Church Age as “Replacement Theology”, this unbiblical doctrine claims that the Jews are no longer God’s Chosen People, that the Christian Church has replaced them as His (New) Covenant people. Codified first in the 4th Century by the Roman Catholic Church, “Replacement Theology” also infected it’s twin, the Greek Orthodox Church. Then, like a generational curse, it was passed down the line into the Reformed Churches as well: Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal, Baptist, Assemblies of God, Church of God, Baptist, Church of Christ, and even the 7th Day Adventist. It should be no surprise that less mainstreamed denominations such as the Mormons (Latter-Day Saints) and the Jehovah Witnesses also profess this perverse doctrine.
The sad TRUTH is this: Since the Roman Catholic Church transformed Israel’s Jewish, Torah observant Messiah, Yeshua, into a blonde haired, blue-eyed, halo (sun-god disk) wearing Gentile Christ, who nailed His Father’s TORAH to the cross, most Jews have never been presented with the TRUTH of the Gospel. They’ve only been told about a Catholic Jesus, who replaced the biblical Sabbath with Sunday, outlawed YHVH’s Feast Days, rescinded biblical dietary law, and nailed the TORAH to the cross. In the name of Christianity, Jewish people have been savagely persecuted and slaughtered down through the centuries: in Crusades; in the Inquisition; and in Pogroms, which began in Russia in 1881. The most brutal massacre took place in 1905, in Odessa Ukraine, one day after Orthodox Easter. Led by priests, mobs throughout Odessa cried, “Kill the Jews!” And they did! They slaughtered them like sheep–120 Jews were murdered, 150 injured. As babies were being torn to pieces, the police made no attempt to end the terror. By sunset, corpses piled the streets. In the Ukraine and Bessarabia, Pogroms broke out, as well as in 64 other cities and 626 towns. Then, in Germany, during the late 1930s, Hitler began his holocaust.
MARCION Of SINOPE
Marcion, who lived between 85 C.E. and 160 C.E., was first to rename the Hebrew Scriptures the “Old Testament”. Marcion, whom Tertullian, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus finally declared a heretic, and whom the Roman Church excommunicated around 144 C.C., taught that the deity who sent Jesus into the world was a higher deity than the God of Judaism. Marcion considered himself a follower of the Apostle Paul, whom he saw as the only true apostle of Jesus Christ. This heretic taught that Jesus came into the world to free mankind from YHVH, the wrathful “Old Testament” God of the Jews.
Quote From The Catholic Encyclopedia
“Marcionites’ heretical sect founded in A.D. 144 at Rome continued in the West for 300 years, but in the East some centuries longer, especially outside the Byzantine Empire. They rejected the writings of the Old Testament and taught that Christ was not the Son of the God of the Jews, but the Son of the good God, who was different from the God of the Ancient Covenant. They anticipated the more consistent dualism of Manichaeism and were finally absorbed by it. As they arose in the very infancy of Christianity, and adopted a strong ecclesiastical organization, parallel to that of the Catholic Church, they were perhaps the most dangerous foe Christianity has ever known.”
Echoes Of Marcion
Sadly, down through the centuries, far too much of Marcion’s heretical and anti-Semitic rhetoric still echoes throughout mainstream (and not so mainstream) Christianity. Genesis through Malachi, the Hebrew Scriptures, are pejoratively referred to as “Old”. Stand-alone “New” Testaments are presented to children making First Communion. Paul is quoted out of context to teach that God’s Torah is a curse. Sader still, in spite of John 3:16, which says, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,” far too many Christians have been conditioned to see the Father as wrathful. Nevertheless, the Son declared, over and over, that He came ONLY to speak His Father’s words and do His Father’s will.
Anti-Semitism In Hebrew Roots
Even more distressing than learning about Marcion and other so-called Church Fathers ( whose writings demonstrate not only hatred of Jews but ignorance of Scripture) was discovering that a strain of Replacement Theology could even be found in some Hebrew Roots groups. This latest malignant form of anti-Semitism, like its earlier forms, denounces the Jewish people as a synagogue of Satan, even though Rev 3:9 clearly states that “the synagogue of satan” are those who say they are Jews but are not. Ashkenazi Jews, who more than any other group were slaughtered during the holocaust, make up 75% of today’s Jewish population. Within some Hebrew Roots groups, the Enemy has planted tares. These false teachers claim that Ashkenazi Jews are not legitimate Jews, but descendants of the Khazaria, a multi-ethnic people group from the region of Turkey, who converted to Judaism in 740 C.E. Therefore, ignoring genetic testing which disproves the lie, they claim that Ashkenazi Jews have “no right of return” to the Land. But even if genetic testing didn’t disprove their lie, guess what? The Ashkenazi would still be biblically legitimate Jews commanded by God to return. Why?
Not everyone who came out of Egypt and stood at the base of Mount Sinai was a physical descendant of Jacob! (Exodus 12:38). A mixed multitude stood at the base of that mountain and became the nation of Israel. Before Abraham crossed over, he was a pagan. Abraham left his land and his people to follow Lord Yahweh. Ruth, the grandmother of Israel’s King David, was a Moabites, until she declared to Naomi, “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God!”
Had most Ashkenazi Jews descended from Khazaria, converting in mass in 740 CE (and there’s NO historic proof that they are), they would still be biblically Jewish! They would still have a right to return! It doesn’t matter that most Jews have not yet recognized Yeshua as Israel’s Messiah, for Scripture declares that one day they will!
Romans 11: 12 “…now if through their (Israel’s) slipping away salvation came to the nations (Gentiles). . . how much more their restoration…if their casting away (Israel / Jews) is reconciliation of the world, what will their (Israel/ Jews) restoration be but life from the dead. That was a hint as to WHEN the Resurrection of the dead will occur. In that day they will cry out, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of Yahweh.” (Mat 23:37-39 )
This prophecy will be fulfilled at Yeshua’s return to save those remaining from the nation of Israel. On THAT DAY, Lord YHVH will fight against those nations that came against Zion. (Zec 14:2)
On THAT DAY a fountain will open to the House of David and inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin. (Zec 13:1)
On That Day, Lord YHVH will be KING over all the earth (Zec 14:9).
Don’t BOAST AGAINST THE NATURAL BRANCHES!
The apostle Paul warned Gentiles (who are grafted into Israel’s cultivated Olive tree, grafted in AMONG THEM) NOT to boast against the (natural) branches.
The JEWS were entrusted with the oracles of God. (Romans 3:2) Grafted in branches do not bear the root; the ROOT bears the grafted in branches. Grafted in branches stand by faith. Paul warns us NOT to be high minded (arrogant and hateful to the natural branches), but to FEAR, for only “if” the grafted in branches continue in God’s kindness will God continue to deal kindly with them. God is able to graft the natural branches back into their OWN Olive tree, and He will one day, when they come to faith in their Messiah. Do NOT be IGNORANT of this mystery, for hardness, in part, has happened to Israel (who at the time Paul wrote this were all Jews!) UNTIL the fullness of the nations has come in. Then ALL the tribes of Israel (Judah first) will be saved.
The Deliverer will come out of ZION, and He will turn away iniquity from Jacob. WHY? Because God’s ELECTION and CALLING are irrevocable! Today, in Israel, there are thousands of Orthodox Jews who know their Messiah, Yeshua. As for those who do not (yet)…well, allow me quote the Prophet Zechariah 13:9: “And I will bring the third part (those who survive) through the fire, and I will refine them as silver and I will try them as gold. Then they shall call on My name (YESHUA), and I will answer them. I will say, “It is My people!” And they shall say, “YHVH is my God!”
In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Jews); he that is feeble among them, on That Day, shall be as David, and the house of David (Judah) shall be as God, as the angel of YHVH before them.
“He who keeps Israel (Yahweh), neither slumbers nor sleeps.” (Psalms 121:4)
And one day, according to the prophet Zachariah, Yeshua will return and destroy every nation that attacked Jerusalem. (Zac 12:9)
When That Day comes, I pray everyone reading this article will find themselves on the right side of this controversy. “It will be the Day of Yahweh’s vengeance, the year of recompense for the controversy of Zion.” (Isaiah 34: 8)
Zachariah 8:23 “Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, “In those days, it will come to pass that ten men from every language of the nations will grasp the corner of the garment of a JEW (not a Christian, not someone from one of Israel’s other eleven tribes) saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”